Kissinger's extradition to Uruguay sought over
Sun Mar 25, 3:00 AM ET
MONTEVIDEO (AFP) - An attorney for a victim of
Uruguay's 1973-1985 dictatorship has asked his
government to request the extradition of former US
secretary of state Henry Kissinger over his alleged
role in the notorious Operation Condor.
Condor was a secret plan hatched by South American
dictators in the 1970s to eliminate leftist political
opponents in the region. Details of the plan have
emerged over the past years in documents and court
The Latin American dictatorships of the time "were
mere executors" of a "plan of extermination" hatched
in the United States by a group led by Kissinger, said
attorney Gustavo Salle, who represents the family of
Uruguayan prosecutor Mirtha Guianze has received the
request and is studying the case, according to news
A leftist activist, Arnone was arrested in October
1976 and flown to Argentina with a group of political
prisoners that vanished and were presumably executed.
Kissinger played a dominant role in US foreign policy
between 1969 and 1977, and was a strong supporter of
right-wing regimes across Latin America.
The extradition request comes as the topic of rights
violations during Uruguay's dictatorship is making
headlines again, with Salle citing evidence from
declassified US State Department documents.
Witnesses are set to testify in April in a case that
began in September against eight retired regime
officials over rights violations.